How to Make Inexpensive/Free Trellises for Your Vegetable Garden: Basic Materials, Tools & Designs

How to Make Inexpensive/Free Trellises for Your Vegetable Garden: Basic Materials, Tools & Designs

Growing vertically saves you space and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here is how I make my trellises & plant stakes inexpensively and sometimes for free. I go over costs, materials, designs and the tools needed to build the trellises. Trellises and stakes are perfect for cucumbers, beans, melons, peas, peppers and tomatoes.

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50 Comments

  1. jacqueline manzano on December 2, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks Gary.

  2. Simplify Life Unboxing & Reviews on December 2, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Subscribed.I like gardening one of my passion.Your video is very helpful.

  3. Roderick Lippert on December 2, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Where did you get the 10" wide ladder thing that you make into a trellis? I have searched Lowes and Home Depot and can’t find them anywhere.

  4. Roxanne Cox on December 2, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Good video. Thanks!

  5. Tamara Roberts on December 2, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one using branches

  6. pongjai Namsomboon on December 2, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Have to get start now. Thanks for a very useful ideas on video:))

  7. NLE on December 2, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    What would you recommend as the best way to keep out animals?

  8. shara santha kumari on December 2, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    👌🙏

  9. MID RAJU on December 2, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Hi! what is the width of that branch you have cut with that secateur and what type of secateur is that? The second one, which you used when the first one failed, I mean.

  10. DrewZeeGrows on December 2, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Hey, I’ve made huge mistakes (first week gardening before looking at youtube) I’ve bought and started growing broccoli, melon, water melon. Carrots, pumpkin , lettuce, corn, green beans and squash. Yes it is a lot ;(

    Anyways I have 1,2,3 and a 5 gallon pots and 1 3 gallon bag as well. What are your thoughts on all this stuff and what can I continue to grow in these? There is still time to transfer stuff I have only been growing since 7-7-18 please help me 🙂

  11. Melissa Mccormack on December 2, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    I used some raw materials like this in the garden a few years ago. It worked great but everyone gave me crap about it. They said it was tacky. I thought it was resourceful. It’s nice to see someone else doing it!

  12. Chuck Lively on December 2, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Gary, I’m growing tomatoes and cucumbers in containers, Is it okay to put the cheap red mulch around the base of the plants? Thanks

  13. رائد اليافعي on December 2, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Hi man I have a layer of salt in my pot and my plant leaves turn yellow color how can I fix this plz help?

  14. Jen DuBay on December 2, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    My trellises are all old box springs with the fabric taken off. People give those away constantly.

  15. Christian Hansen on December 2, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    U forgot gloves to protect your hands!

  16. Antara Khan on December 2, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Very very nice and helpful videos.

  17. Jean Paul Dupuis on December 2, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Please DO NOT make freehand cuts as demonstrated ~6:00, ESPECIALLY NOT with your support hand in front of the blade. You can make this cut more safely if you point the tip of the stake away from you, and push the saw AWAY from your support hand. But the safest method is to properly secure the workpiece – lay it on a workbench or on some scrap timbers on the ground. Shortcuts are not worth lost fingers.

  18. Lucy Green on December 2, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    How are you cutting the fig with no skin protection? The sap burns, leaves nasty marks on your skin! Or do you have a special fig??

  19. Fun mom on December 2, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    I am very close to your zone was wondering when do you start your winter garden seeds ?

  20. TLGardens on December 2, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Another great vid!! I am fortunate to be living on property with lots of growing bamboo. I cut a bunch of them a few months ago to make room for my gardens. Just this weekend I trimmed the branches off those dry, cut bamboos and used them to stake some plants. I love that I can leave little stumps off the trimmed branches. I use those small stumps to help me secure the twine. I find that my hands are not strong enough to tie twine tight enough onto flat sticks.

    Also thanks for sharing your tool suggestions. I did not know those ratchet cutters and "saw saws" existed and I can really use them!! I’ll be clicking on your links to purchase them.

    I watch tons of gardening vids and I always get excited when I learn something new. Your vids are particularly stellar!!! Thank you for your service to humanity.

  21. Georgia Lake on December 2, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Garden looking good

  22. cut on December 2, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Hey Gary, and posters, I have a related question.. I have a lot of small vegs at the lowest area of the stems that look very bad, they look like an unhealthy dwarf version of an adult vegetable, I’m guessing its blossom rot, not sure..

  23. Wanda Duckworth on December 2, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    hello i know this an older video but i wanted to ask you what all could be grown in fair size pots rather than in a bed or the ground please ?

  24. Remington Mcneese on December 2, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    I’m sure you can find awesome woodworking plans on woodprix

  25. shauna battle on December 2, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for always showing us how to be cost effective!

  26. Kim Lace on December 2, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    I really love your videos I am a real fan of your this is my first time gardening and you have help me a lot thank you so much ☺️

  27. Leo Walsh on December 2, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Excellent content, as usual. I’m using your suggestions to build a trellis from bush branches. But one suggestion, especially for folks on a budget: I’d use a cheaper pruning saw (I spent under $20 for a nice folding saw) than a Sawzall (about $150). The pruning saw is convenient, easy to use, and I keep it in my pocket while pruning. The Sawzall is heavy and is a pain if the battery dies. I’ve used a Sawzall only once in yard work—as a chainsaw replacement for a damaged tree with an 8-10” diameter trunk.

  28. MSB on December 2, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Hold on. Do I need to wrap my fig in zone 7?

  29. Bob Peterson on December 2, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    I go to local cabinet shop and they have free wood that I use for tomatoes, beans , peas. Usually they have it on a pallet out in front of their business for all to take. 10′-15′ 1×1 or 1×2

  30. arif ali on December 2, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Great job thx 🙏

  31. Vicki Takacs on December 2, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Zip ties are your buddies.

  32. Kristine Schilling on December 2, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I grow sunflowers every year just to dry out the stalks for trellises for next season. lol

  33. Eiko Q Dupree on December 2, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Truly enjoyed your interesting video. You sure are inventive. Impressive xLarge garden. Do you do all that by yourself? How much do usually spend working on your piece of paradise? I just starting my first garden and sometimes it dark and I still have so much I want to do. Keep US motivated, and "GOD BLESS ALL YOU DO"

  34. Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Garden) on December 2, 2021 at 12:55 pm

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  35. Pamela Pruett on December 2, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    I like the chicken wire on the pole that was pretty cool

  36. Normal_ Norm on December 2, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    DO NOT use the power tools the way Gary did. Dang Gary. Pretty lame.
    One slip and you’re the "4 fingered Rusted Gardener"

  37. Simplify Gardening on December 2, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    A great episode showing new gardeners on how to maximise their own trees to use in the garden as supports. fab video Gary.

  38. Prisma on December 2, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Wanted to buy both pruning shears you recommended, the shop does not recognize your discount code 🙁

  39. Ayman Abou-Salem on December 2, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    @6:20 What is the conversion of nice angle in degrees ? 🤣

  40. Betty Adkisson on December 2, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Yes I’ve been using the extra woods for years . And the plants grow best on natural. Wood stakes.

  41. Ro At on December 2, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks!

  42. Andrew Goldfish on December 2, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    bypass pruning sheers and ratcheting pruners, first i’ve heard of that, thanks for the info. We’re adding a new trellis for next year so looking for ideas.

  43. NLE on December 2, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Do you need to be concerned about ruining the roots when sticking in the trellis?

  44. Juliet Capulet on December 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Did you say "figwood"? I can’t quite catch that.

  45. Cat Bee on December 2, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks Gary. This is really a helpful video. I love wood trellises made out of all kinds of upcycled wood. Now I’m going to be hunting around for branches to make those beautiful trellises out of them.

  46. Richard Miesell on December 2, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Good clip

  47. Michele James on December 2, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    I have severe arthritis in my hands. Just ordered the Ratchet Shears. Thanks!

  48. Metcraft on December 2, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    looking forward to seeing those hops being used to make beer 😉 Nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day in the garden.

  49. Rarerose333 on December 2, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Great video, thank you!

  50. Pamela Stokes on December 2, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you for the ratcheting shears tip. I have limited strength in my hands. I just ordered them and I’m so excited. Pam in S.C.🤗

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